Prevent Windows 8 from restarting after Windows updates

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If you have installed Windows updates (either manually or automatically), after some time, Windows wants to perform a reboot.

Here is how to prevent Windows 8 from restarting itself after Windows updates have been applied:

  • Hit the Windows key and type

and press enter.

  • Go to

(create it if it does not exist).

  • Create a new 32-bit DWORD called
  • Double-click it and give it a hex value of 1.
  • Reboot.

Note: this works for Windows 7 as well.

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